Lenovo and Xiaomi, two mobile companies that proved their worth last year, dropped out of the top 5 largest global vendors in 2016. Their places were swiftly occupied by Oppo, the company that made waves with their front camera-focused smartphones and Vivo, which launched the first smartphone with 6GB RAM last month #mobilemagic
According to market research firm IDC’s report for the first quarter of the year, Samsung is leading in sales numbers, followed by Apple. Don’t start cheering up before you see the numbers. Truth is, both companies are experiencing declines in sales in comparison with 2015, showing, once more, that the market is over-saturated.
The big change doesn’t involve them, though, but Lenovo and Xiaomi. Both companies have been replaced by Oppo and Vivo in sales this year, not making the top 5 smartphone vendors globally. That’s a bit of a surprise considering the expansion of Xiaomi in the last year and we’re bracing ourselves for more changes towards the end of the year, when both brands are going to launch new devices.
Meanwhile, it’s not hard to understand why Oppo and Vivo are climbing up the sales ladder. Oppo’s latest smartphone, F1 Plus comes with great features at a reasonable price – 16MP selfie shooter, with FotoNation’s Beautify 4.0 technology, and 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage. Vivo has launched equally exciting phones, such as the Xplay 5 and Xplay5 Elite, where the latter has 6GB RAM, 3600mAh battery and 128GB internal storage.
We’re going to have to wait and see what aces mobile companies still have in their sleeves…